Dale Earnhardt Jr. returning to racing in 9/11 tribute car

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will only compete in one NASCAR race this season, but it will be an emotional event.

The semi-retired driver will take part in the Xfinity Series race at Richmond Speedway 20 years to the day of the 9/11 attacks in a car that pays tribute to those lost and the heroes of the day, along with the frontline workers helping with the coronavirus crisis today.

Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports Chevrolet will wear a paint scheme inspired by the Tribute in Light that shines as a memorial every year on 9/11 at Ground Zero.

It features “Never Forget 9/11” and the logo of his longtime sponsor Unilever’s United for America program, which provides support to frontline aid organizations.

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“We all remember what we were feeling in the aftermath of that day. How we as a nation rallied around each other and the phrase ‘United we Stand’ was more than just a slogan,” Earnhardt said in a video unveiling the car.

Earnhardt won the Cal Ripken 400 at Dover International Speedway upon NASCAR's return to racing following the 9/11 attacks.

Earnhardt won the Cal Ripken 400 at Dover International Speedway upon NASCAR’s return to racing following the 9/11 attacks.
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Earnhardt was the winner of the first NASCAR race to be held after the attacks at Dover International Speedway and carried the American flag during his victory lap.



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